How often do you check the ingredient list on the products you buy? If you fill your cart at the store without much thought to the toxins that may be hiding in each item, chances are your home is filled with cancer-causing toothpaste, laundry detergent, household cleaners and more.
Here are seven products linked to cancer that are hiding in almost every home:
Many, if not most shampoos on the market are filled with chemicals, including sodium lauryl sulfate, parfum/fragrance, parabens and synthetic colors. Studies have shown that parabens are a known carcinogen. One study found that 99% of breast cancer tissues that were tested had parabens in them. Fragrance and other toxins are associated with cancer, birth defects, nervous system disorders and allergies.Head & Shoulders shampoo specifically, contains fragrance, along with synthetic colors, SLS and many other chemicals.
2. Non-Stick Cookware
Non-stick cookware contains a synthetic coating called polytetrafluoroethlyene or Teflon. This plastic polymer releases toxins when heated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. One study found that heating Teflon cookware for just 2-5 minutes on a stovetop can cause the coating to break apart, emitting toxic particles and gases. Some of the chemicals in non-stick coating are considered to be potential carcinogens.
Give cast iron skillets a try!
3. Plastic Bottles
When you drink from a plastic water bottle, the chemicals in the plastic can seep into your mouth. Many companies are scrambling to add a “BPA-free” label to their plastic bottles, as research piles up about the dangers of BPA. Studies have shown it can cause cancer. Stick to refillable non-BPA water bottles. Or try a glass bottle. It’s better for both you and the environment.
4. Air Fresheners
Many people keep air fresheners all over their homes and even in their cars. Air fresheners are usually made with a synthetic fragrance that is full of toxic chemicals. Instead of listing all the chemicals on the back of the product, companies simply add “parfum” to the ingredients list. If you want to keep your home smelling fresh without the toxins, try essential oils instead.
5. Household Cleaners
Most people keep an array of household cleaners handy. A large majority of them contain toxic chemicals that are extremely dangerous when ingested. Common chemicals found in household cleaning products include ammonia, which is associated with kidney and liver damage, 2-BE, which has been known to cause reproductive problems, and coal tar dyes, which have been shown to cause cancer and nervous system damage.
Many popular toothpaste brands use toxic substances that can cause enamel damage, stomach ailments, skin rashes and other health issues. Fluoride, a common toothpaste ingredient, has been shown to be toxic. Long-term ingestion is linked to brain, heart and bone issues. Give some Dr. Bronner Peppermint Toothpaste a try!
7. Laundry Detergent
Commercial laundry detergents contain a whole list of chemicals that can cause rashes, itchiness, dryness and sinus problems. The chemicals are absorbed into your skin through your clothes and sheets. Check out Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner for a more natural option.